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The cruciate ligament miracle? Torn cruciate ligament - healing without surgery

SEND DATEThu, July 16, 2015 | 10:00 pm | SWR television

The cruciate ligament tear is the most common knee injury and is often operated on. But the injury can also be successfully healed with bare hands. Scientists have studied the Khalifa method.

Tear on the anterior cruciate ligament

About two months ago, Markus Kaiser had a sports accident. Since then he has been limping painfully and needs an orthosis to stabilize his knee. Every little edge becomes an obstacle. It's an anterior cruciate ligament tear. It was his first injury. Markus hopes that he can do his sport again as before. He wants to go snowboarding and play soccer again. Would an operation be good? He becomes an internet doctor and discovers Mohamed Khalifa's therapy online.

Mohamed Khalifa treats a cruciate ligament tear in one hour

Mohamed Khalifa is no stranger. For more than 40 years he has successfully treated even severe muscle and joint injuries - only with his hands. For several years he has specialized in the therapy of cruciate ligament tears in his Salzburg practice. And apparently works miracles. Roger Federer, Boris Becker and Franziska von Almsick have therefore already confided in him. Markus has broken anterior cruciate ligament and both menisci. Its inner ligament is torn. Khalifa massages, pushes, pulls. For about an hour. His fingers dig deep into the structures of the knee. It hurts. Markus suffers. But he is visibly better immediately after the treatment. Khalifa: "Then run, hop left, hop right. Bend your knees." Markus can move his knee freely without pain. Markus: "It's amazing. Sensational. It's a dream!"

Torn cruciate ligament - does this therapy work?

This is the question that drives sports medicine specialist Dr. Michael Ofner around. In a study he followed 30 patients with torn cruciate ligaments. Key question: Can the patients move again as they did before? Is the cruciate ligament actually growing back? One group only received physiotherapy. And the other group received caliphate therapy once and then physiotherapy. In the Khalifa group, 90 percent of the patients were able to move their knees without restriction and do sports. The cruciate ligament grew completely in 50 percent of the patients. Nobody in the comparison group.

How does the therapy work?

The massages evidently trigger different processes in the body. Five universities are researching this in a large interdisciplinary study. Initial results show that the patient's heart rate changes during therapy. Knees and legs warm up. In addition, the oxygen saturation in the blood increases after the treatment and the body releases various hormones that aid healing. In the knee, Khalifa's hand movements change the fascia, for example. This includes all of the ligaments, tendons, and cartilage of the knee. This sets metabolic processes in motion, in which old connective tissue fibers are broken down from collagen and new ones are built up. The knee becomes more flexible. In addition, the number of stem cells increased during caliphate therapy. Stem cells promote the healing process because they replace diseased cells. But even that is only part of the solution.

Does Markus have a new cruciate ligament?

Khalifa: "We now have a team that is researching how you can go a different way. You see? We are not researching how to treat a cruciate ligament, we are researching the regeneration system." Khalifa's treatment also cleared a blockage in Markus' head. Three months after the Khalifa treatment, Markus Kaiser rides a bicycle, jogs and works. A control MRI should show what the inside of the knee looks like. The orthopedist Dr. Markus Kessler realizes that new cruciate ligament fibers have formed. Not a completely new cruciate ligament, however. But the meniscus is also good, the outer and inner ligaments are good, and the cartilage has not suffered any damage either. The part of the fibers is sufficient to ensure stability for the knee joint. Markus Knie will almost certainly be completely healthy again without an operation.

Not operating is a very good alternative to surgery

Dr. Markus Kessler: "I don't know what ultimately brought about the healing success. There are many aspects of a cruciate ligament rupture that we have not yet understood. Why does a knee become stable? Why does it become unstable? Ultimately, you have to do everything try. The knee has to be stable, that's what counts. " Trusting the body seems like a good alternative.

Dirk Beppler

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